For the past several months I have been a full-time college student with 2 jobs; correspondingly, my bass has been sitting neglected since February. Now that I am home on break with NO job (thanks Bush), I have plenty of time on my hands. So after bringing her flowers, holding her, and promising I'd never leave her again, my bass and I started to practice. I'm still building strength, endurance, flexibility, and calluses back up, so I'm not playing much yet.
Two friends who returned to guitar after long absences recommended playing while watching my hands in a mirror, and playing with my eyes closed.
I'd never heard of those before, so I tried them today. Closing eyes led to better tone but not much other change. Using the mirror, my accuracy and timing were much better, but tone sometimes suffered (when I paid too much attention to what I was watching instead of what I was hearing).
Just curious -- anyone else tried these? Find them useful, useless, stupid, fun? If you have any other tips for a resuscitated bassist, feel free to pass those on by post or IM too